On the evening of 18th September, 2006 we received news that a cow elephant had died on Ol Pejeta Ranch near Nanyuki, and with her was her milk dependent calf, who was desperately trying to awaken its dead mother.This female elephant and her calf had joined a resident herd of others in August, and at the time it had not been noticed that, in fact, she was extremely unwell.This rescue alert came too late for us to be able to take action that evening, so Batian Craig, the Manager of Ol Pejeta, assigned a guard to keep an eye on the calf during the night, and ensure that it was not targeted by predators attracted to the body of its dead mother or wander away and be unable to be found the next day.The Ranch lies within the foothills of Mount Kenya, whose three highest peaks are named after the famous early Masai Witchdoctor/Chieftains, Batian, Nelion and Lenana. Because of this, and since Ol Pejeta Ranch lies within the shadow of Mount Kenya, we felt it appropriate that our latest little female orphan, who is about 14 months old, be named Lenana.
13 years old
19 September 2006
Laikipia, Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Date of Birth (approximate)
17 June 2005
Age at Rescue
1 year old (approx)
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Lenana with a wild bull
Siku with Lenana
Wild bull chasing Lenana
Lenana plays with Vuria
Lenana and Karisa
Lenana, baby Gawa and Galana
Kama, Wiva and Ex Orphan Lenana
Baby Gawa, Lenana and Galana